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How to Publish with InTech

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How to Publish with InTech

Why have I been invited to contribute?

You have been invited to write a paper for an InTech publication on the basis of your expert knowledge within a particular scientific field of research in which we are preparing a new book or journal. Your publishing history, the quality of the sources where your research has previously been published and the relevance and impact of these past publications are some of the key criteria we use during the selection process.

However, once you have been nominated to participate in a book or journal project based on your previously published work, we encourage you to provide us with new results and new insights into the latest developments and challenges within your field of research.

How did you find my contact data?

A lot of our contact data have been acquired from our networks of Editors, at conferences and science meetings where we directly establish collaborations with attending researchers and professionals.

Moreover, we may find your contact data in publicly available databases and we assure you that all confidentiality agreements have been respected. We have made a strict selection to match your previous work with our next publication's topic.

I got invited to participate to a book project by InTech. What do you want me to write?

You have been invited to join this project based on your expertise in the field and we believe that you will make a valuable contribution to the selected subject. However, instead of presenting you with precise requirements, we ask you to give us your idea first. If you have any new research you would like to publish or an idea for a theoretical paper, you are invited to present it to us and the Book Editor once you have read the Book Editor's guidelines which you will find on the Invitation Page (you will receive the link to the Invitation Page in our call email). This is the reason all book authors are first asked to write a 1-4 pages long chapter proposal explaining the key points of their work. After all the chapter proposals from all the authors are received, we will forward these to the Book Editor who decides on the definite course the publication will take.

How do I avoid topical overlap with other authors invited to participate to a book project?

It is highly unlikely that two or more authors will approach a topic in the exact same way. Even if more scientists are involved in the same area of research, their different results and findings are welcome. If the Book Editor notices substantial overlapping after having read the chapter proposals, he or she will instruct the authors how to develop their chapters in different directions.

Can I republish my older papers?

No, we don't want you to re-publish your work, but we believe that you may have new scientific research which you are interested in publishing. However, you can still publish your old results with new insights. Please note that if you decide to use some of your previously published material, it is your responsibility to obtain any necessary copyright permission(s) from the original publisher.

What is in it for me?

The Open Access publishing model enables scientists to play a more active role in scientific research. By sharing their material for free, they challenge other scientists to build upon their work, and by advancing knowledge in their field, they advance their careers. An Open Access article is more likely to be used and cited than one behind subscription barriers. The more the article is used, cited, applied and built upon, the better for research. We publish your work under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license. This means that you retain the copyright to your work and that you can use your work in any manner that you wish. Some benefits of publishing with InTech:

  • No copyright transfer (you keep all the rights to your work)
  • Review and editorial processes
  • You receive usage statistics for your work
  • Your work is distributed to scientific databases, indices and search engines
  • Your work is distributed to academic libraries
  • Your work is promoted through multiple media channels and at scientific conferences
  • Personal assistance — one member of our team is designated to be always at your disposal, offering a personal point of contact for correspondence. Your Publishing Process Manager will help you become acquainted with your Author Panel and is always at your disposal in case of any questions or concerns.
  • Book authors receive a print copy of your book, hard bound and professionally designed

I received an invitation to participate to a book project. How does the process work?

After you receive an Invitation from us (call email) then you:

  • Register via our Invitation Page
  • Submit your chapter proposal online
  • Your chapter proposal goes through editorial review
  • You are notified as to whether your chapter proposal has been accepted or rejected
  • You submit your full chapter
  • Your full chapter undergoes a review by the Book Editor
  • We send an invoice for payment of the Article Processing Charge (payable either by yourself or your organization), if your chapter is accepted for publication
  • Your chapter undergoes typesetting
  • We prepare the design and layout of the book
  • We carry out the final technical check
  • In parallel with sending the hard copy, we release the online version of the book
  • We send one hard copy of the book to the corresponding author

How do I prepare my book chapter proposal?

A chapter proposal should be a condensed version of the final presentation and include all significant findings relevant to the paper's main ideas, key points and research results. Authors are strongly encouraged to keep the length from one to four (1-4) pages. The documents can include images and/or tables. At this point, no particular template or document layout needs to be followed.

How can I submit my full chapter?

You can upload your paper yourself through our Author Panel Page. If you have received an invitation, all of the steps will be explained in detail once you enter the process by registering. Additionally, a Publishing Process Manager will be assigned to you to guide you through the process and will always be at your disposal in case you have additional questions or concerns.

If you have decided to contribute to one of our journals, simply follow the link on the journal homepage and you will be guided through the process.

What do I need to do before submitting my paper to a journal?

There are several important points you need to keep in mind before submitting your paper to one of our journals.

  • The paper is in MS Word .doc/.docx format
  • The number of pages of the paper is as required by the Instructions for Authors
  • Formats of headings, paragraphs etc., have been checked for consistency
  • Consent from copyright holder(s) to use their material has been obtained
  • The paper includes the abstract and a clear conclusion
  • The article is written in English and is fully comprehensible; language proofreading and copyediting services are included in the publishing process

Where can I find instructions for authors?

Please click on the following links:

How do I check the status of my manuscript?

By logging in to your Author Panel you will see the exact phase of the publication process. If there are any unclarities, please contact the appointed member of staff.

Do I really need to register an account on your homepage to be able to go through the publishing process?

Yes. Each potential author has to register. Book authors are required to register via the Invitation Page they will receive and will be redirected to the Author Panel while journal authors will be granted access to the journal's Editorial Manager. This enables both you as the author and us as the publisher to keep track of the publication process, be aware of your progress at all times, manage deadlines, grant extensions, etc. Please note that registering with InTech obliges you in no way.

What if I have problems registering my account to start the publishing process?

Please contact our IT support: info@intechopen.com or your assigned Publishing Process Manager.

What if I forget my password?

Your username is the email you have used to register. You can try clicking on the link 'Forgot your password?' to receive it via email. If the problem persists, contact your Publishing Process Manager.

What will the scientific impact of my paper be?

Thanks to our Open Access policy, all of our publications are freely accessible online, which means that the potential scientific impact of your paper is greater than when published with classic scientific publishers. Your paper is immediately available online for researchers all over the world without any access barriers other than access to the Internet.

Our main website includes a reading platform where all of InTech's publications are freely available to read, print, bookmark, share and download.

Two of our scientific open access journals, the International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems and Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology journal (also indexed in Scopus) are indexed by Thomson Reuters and have received an Impact Factor.

Moreover, our publications are currently indexed in BASE (Bielefield Academic Search Engine), EBSCO/A-to-Z , SciFinder/CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service), WorldCat/OCLC/OAISTER, Google Scholar and other specialized online databases, indexes and repositories, depending on the individual publication. We have implemented all the necessary technical standards which enable placement of our publications in a high number of institutional repositories. We are working every day on increasing the visibility of our publications. Moreover, a team of highly experienced publishing professionals is constantly working on promoting our reading platform in the following areas:

  • Google search engine and science-specific search engines
  • Social and Scientific platforms
  • Other relevant sources (libraries, institutional websites, repositories)

What are the topics of your books?

We are an Open Access publisher of scientific literature in the fields of Science, Technology and Medicine. For books that have a rather broad scope, we make every effort to enable authors to choose a topic which best suits their current research activities. However, depending on the chapter proposals received, the Book Editor will decide upon the general direction of the book and will inform authors about any necessary changes.

What is the format of your book?

The books initiated by InTech are scholarly publications which cover original research. They are collections of reviewed scholarly contributions written by multiple authors and edited by experts with specific expertise. Each scholarly contribution represents a chapter and each chapter is complete in itself but related to the major topics and objectives.

InTech selects current and relevant topics to be started and acquires Book Editors for each topic and Book Project. We select editors based on their expertise, scientific impact and track record. Sometimes our books are divided into more than one volume due to a large number of chapters. In such cases we appoint additional editor(s) so we can keep the quality of our publications on a high level.

InTech also compiles a list of possible authors from the scientific field of the Book Project that are invited to participate. The authors are invited to write a paper for an InTech publication on the basis of their expert knowledge within a particular scientific field of research in which they are preparing a new book .Their publishing history, the quality of the sources where their research has previously been published and the relevance and impact of these past publications are some of the key criteria we use during the selection process.

A lot of our contact data have been acquired from our networks of Editors, at conferences and science meetings where we directly establish collaborations with attending researchers and professionals. Moreover, we may find the authors contact data in publicly available databases.

After the authors  receive an Invitation from us (call email) they proceed to registering an account on our homepage and start the publishing process.

InTech also offers the possibility to start your own book. In the following formats: single author monograph, multiple author monograph, edited book, conference proceedings. These books are sent out to multiple referees before there is any agreement to proceed with each manuscript. The final manuscript may also be submitted to further refereeing either by a Series Editor or by an external reviewer.

When will my work be published?

Book authors will find the complete timeline of the project on the invitation page they receive. Thanks to an optimized publication process and our easy-to-use computer system as logistic support, publishing with InTech is simple and quick. Papers go through the review process in two months or less. It takes approximately eight months to publish a book from the initial invitations to making it available online in full.

For journals, each received manuscript is subject to a preliminary quality check. The results are usually available within two weeks. In case your paper passes this check, it will be assigned with a number and it will enter a review process in duration of three to six months. Each paper is reviewed by at least two reviewers and editor. Only in case they all give their approval, a paper can be accepted for publication.

Who are the other contributing authors?

The other contributing authors are scientists in the field of research covered. They have been selected based on their field of research, publication history, relevance, quality and the impact of their past publications. For books, the list of accepted authors and their chapter titles will be available on your Author Panel after all the abstracts have been reviewed and selected.

Who is the editor?

Our book editors and journal editors-in-chief are leading researchers in the field covered by the publication. We select editors based on their expertise, scientific impact and track record. Sometimes our books are divided into more than one volume due to a large number of chapters. In such cases we appoint additional editor(s) so we can keep the quality of our publications on a high level.

In selecting our editors we value long-term partnerships. It is often a case that a book editor also collaborates on a journal, or vice versa.

Are your papers peer-reviewed?

All manuscripts submitted to our journals undergo peer review. In book publishing we employ an editorial review. This includes the initial selection of invited authors, chapter proposals screening and an in-depth review of full chapters.

Who is the target audience?

Basically, due to our Open Access policy, our publications are available for all to see. However, our primary target audience comprises of scholars and specialists in the field. The boos and journals are addressed to both professionals in academia, former researchers and PhD students, practicing professionals and researchers in the field covered and other specialists interested in the results of scientific research.

Which types of papers do you accept?

We accept theoretical and applied scientific papers which can be presented as original research paper or review papers.

For journals, please refer to each journal's homepage for more information in regard to types of papers accepted.

Do you offer proofreading services?

We do insist that all papers are written in academic discourse and are on a satisfactory language level. Because our authors belong to a wide international network of scientists, we have arranged a proofreading service at a reasonable price of €12 per 1,000 words. Should you have such requirements, simply ask your Publishing Process Manager.

The above mentioned proof reading services are included in our journals' publishing process and do not require any additional fees.

How else can I contribute?

Thank you for asking! You can contribute by becoming an editor or a reviewer in our publications. If you are interested in becoming a Book Editor, please visit the Become a Book Editor web page. If you would like to promote your published work with InTech at conferences or science meetings, we will be more than happy to support you by providing all the informative material you may find useful and distribute among your colleagues. Also, you can contribute by promoting free access to knowledge and the Open Access community by linking from your website or recommending us to your fellow researchers and authors.

Why should I pay the Article Processing Charge (APC)?

InTech books are published in the Open Access model, which means they are free to be read by anyone, anywhere in the world, and available for download via our reading platform, hence we do not receive any financial return for this kind of publishing model. However, this model is not without costs and the Article Processing Charge (APC) covers the expenses of your Publishing Process Manager, the technical team, preparation of the book for publication, dissemination of your work, printing and express delivery of one hard copy sent direct to you if you are a book author, in addition to promoting your work upon publication of the book.

How do I transfer funds to pay the Article Processing Charge (APC)?

We currently accept the following payment options:

  • Bank transfer
  • Credit card
  • Moneybookers

Please note that when paying by credit card, we will redirect you to the MoneyBookers.com online payment gateway which will securely process the payment. You will not need to register an account with this service to process the payment. If you have some specific requests concerning payment, we will try our best to accommodate you. Feel free to address the issue to your Publishing Process Manager.

Do you pay royalties to your authors?

No, we don't pay royalties at the moment.

What if I miss some of the deadlines in the process?

We are aware that sometimes authors need more time to finalize their papers, communicate with colleagues or that unexpected events may delay the finalization of a certain step. Because of this, we have built some spare time into our publishing process. Your Publishing Process Manager will advise you if it is possible to give you extra time to complete a given step.

Can I have co-authors in my paper?

Absolutely. Please remember that only one author should be nominated as a single point of contact to avoid problems and errors in communication. Only the corresponding author can access the Author Panel, consult the information therein, sign the Copyright Policy and upload the required files.

Can I invite colleagues to join?

If you can think of a colleague whose research matches the project you were invited for or the project you are working on, you are more than welcome to recommend them.

I have an idea for a new publication. What do I do?

We are always open to any kind of suggestions. If you are thinking about publishing your book with us in the Open Access model, there are several options available. For more details, please visit: Publish Your Own Book.

Where can I get author guidelines?

As an author contributing to one of our books, you can download the manuscript preparation guidelines when you log in to your Author Panel. To complete the submission you can also download the Author Guidelines.

If you are an author in one of our Journals, please consult the specific journal webpage to successfully complete your submission.

Who maintains the copyright to the work?

You are the only holder of the copyright to your work. All InTech publications are published under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license. To find out more about authors' rights and responsibilities please visit our Copyright Policy page.

How can I contact you?

You can contact us by email, Skype chat, or by phone. You can find our address and telephone number at the following link.

After the book is published, do I get a print copy?

The Article Processing Charge covers the cost of delivering one hard copy of the book by express postal delivery to the corresponding author. The book is carefully designed and printed on premium quality paper, case bound with the interior content and cover printed in full color. Authors can order additional copies of the book at the end of the publishing process.

How can I publish my work in one of your journals?

InTech publishes several Open Access, peer-reviewed journals in the STM fields that cover new research and development advances in their respective areas of study. To publish your work in one of our current or upcoming journals, we invite you to check our Journals page and find out more about individual titles and how to submit your work.

About InTech

What is InTech?

InTech is an Open Access publisher of academic books and journals in the fields of Science, Technology and Medicine (STM). InTech provides free online access to +40,000 manuscipts, and we are helping leading academics make their work visible and accessible to diverse new audiences around the world.

We take great pride in the fact that our internal organization enables a smooth and simple publishing process for all the participants. A Publishing Process Manager is appointed for every book or journal we publish, who is your main contact for any questions or concerns you might have, at all times.

Which areas of scientific publishing do you cover?

The main subject area covered by InTech publications is currently Physical sciences, Engineering and Technology, followed by Health Sciences, Life Sciences and Social Sciences and Humanities.

Where are the company's headquarters?

Our company was established in Vienna. At the moment the company headquarters are in Rijeka, Croatia which is also the location of our operations center.

Which journals have you published?

We invite you to visit the journals homepage to read more about each publication and the upcoming issues.

Who are your authors?

Our scientific community has more than 85,000 registered authors. They are researchers and scholars, many pertaining to the best ranked universities in the world and include globally-renowned experts. Collaboration with young scholars and researchers from all parts of the world is of high importance to us as well.

Who are your associates and supportive organizations?

You can browse through our list of support providers in the field of research, logistics, print, and academia by clicking here.

About Open Access

What is Open Access?

Open Access is a publishing model that does not charge readers for accessing scientific publications online. Open Access means that everything published in InTech books and journals is immediately available online for free. Read it, download it, print it, copy and share it - all use is fair use so long as the original authors and sources are credited.

What are the benefits of Open Access?

Open Access publishing leads to wider dissemination of information and increased efficiency in science by providing: faster spreading of the latest scientific achievements, much higher visibility for research, world-wide readership, increased impact, freedom from subscriptions, pay-per-view or licensing barriers, copyright ownership for authors. It ensures that the latest scientific advances are available for everyone in just a few clicks, thus enabling a rapid development of the scientific community.

Why do authors and researchers support Open Access?

Researchers support Open Access because of the obvious benefits this model provides. Through Open Access the latest scientific achievements are available online for free and researchers can access all the scientific information 24/7 from anywhere in the world. Due to the lack of a price barrier, authors reach a larger readership so their work has the potential to be cited more frequently. Consequently, their work can achieve greater impact.

More and more institutions tend to support the open access model. Instead of paying for expensive journal subscriptions, they invest in making science available to everyone.

What is the difference between self-publishing and publishing with InTech?

It is a misconception to think that publishing online is equivalent to uploading one's manuscript to a blog. InTech provides all the logistics of publishing, a thorough review process, a network and feedback from Editors and their teams, as well as a post-publishing support which includes promoting your work in relevant web locations, indexing it in all the important databases and repositories and making it available on our reading platform – which is where readers turn to when they are looking for relevant sources. In addition to that, InTech offers printing services which include printing hard copies of a chapter, a manuscript, or a book in its entirety.

Why is InTech different from vanity publishers?

Some people might associate the Article Processing Charge with so-called 'vanity publishing'. The term stands for publishing houses which will publish any content, provided that the author covers the costs. InTech employs a strict selection and a thorough review process. To put it simply, nothing that is not worth publishing will not be published, regardless of the author's willingness to cover the APC. For more details on what the APC covers, see 'Why should I pay the Article Processing Charge?'.

Why is Open Access important?

Open Access provides added value for the scientific community. Compared with classical scientific publishing models, it helps authors reach a wider readership and enables the researchers to access the latest research papers for free. Because Open Access is free, it helps scientists from developing countries to access knowledge which, under classical publishing models, would be too expensive to obtain.

What is the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license?

With the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license, you keep your copyright but allow people to build upon, copy and distribute your work.

There is no copyright transfer to the publisher, which means that authors are free to use their content in the future with no restrictions or financial claims from InTech.

How do the economics of Open Access work?

Open Access literature is not free to produce. There are costs for producing and publishing, including: organizational and project management costs, online publishing technology, editorial and review processes, cover design and book and journal lay-outing, print and print processing, online publication, online hosting and archiving, and promotion of the published work. To cover these costs and make the published work freely accessible online to be read by anyone, anywhere in the world, authors are asked to pay an Article Processing Charge (APC). However, the APC is not a submission fee; authors are asked to pay the APC only if their full chapter is accepted for publication.

Is Open Access compatible with print?

Yes. Open Access means free online access, but it does not exclude a print version of the work. All books found in the InTech database also exist as hard copies.

How can I get printed versions of InTech publications?

Hard copies may be ordered. The easiest way is to contact us directly by sending an email to orders@intechopen.org.

Is Open Access compatible with high standards and high quality?

Yes. The quality of scientific books and journals is highly dependent on the quality of their editors, editorial boards and referees. Open Access journals and books have strict control mechanisms just as traditional journals and books do. The main reason is that the people involved in the editorial process, and the standards they use, do not depend on the medium (print or electronic) or the cost (priced or free) of the publication. Furthermore, the usage of advanced technologies (Internet, computer hardware and software, automated systems) make the publication process quicker, smoother and easier.

Are Open Access articles copyrighted?

Articles are published under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license and authors keep the copyright to their work.

Why do I need to indemnify InTech?

It is standard for all InTech contributors to make certain warranties for InTech publications. This is simply because as the author of the manuscript you are the only person who can assure us that the article we are publishing is your own work, and does not infringe the rights of anyone else. We invite you to learn more about this subject by reading our Authorship Policy and Prior Publication Policy.

Does InTech have specific publishing policies?

We invite you to read InTech's Policies by clicking here.

Are Open Access Articles peer-reviewed?

All manuscripts submitted to our journals undergo peer review. In order to ensure the quality of our publications, we require that our reviewers have expert knowledge in their fields of research and have authored a substantial amount of peer-reviewed publications. Article reviewers are selected by the Editor-in-Chief, Associates Editors and the journals' Editorial Board. More details in regard to each journal's Peer Review Procedure can be found on the selected journal's web page.

In book publishing, the Book Editor, a leading researcher in the field, reviews each chapter proposal to ensure the submission meets an appropriate scientific standard. Then, if accepted, authors are invited to prepare and submit their book chapter(s). Once a book chapter has been received, it will undergo a final quality check and review by the Book Editor to ensure that it meets the standards required for publication and if need be, a complete review outlining aspects which may require further work will be sent by email. Thereafter, the book chapter will be prepared for publication.

Are Open Access journals and books built on the premise that they are "free"?

They are built on the premise of free access. However, this doesn't mean that they are free to produce. The premise of free access means that anyone with Internet access can read, share and download Open Access material. Open Access assumes that research should be accessible to readers without barriers. Therefore, the costs involved in editing, refereeing, producing and distributing a journal are expected to be managed through a business model other than the traditional payment models required to gain access to the content.